"HIDDEN HOMELESS" DOCUMENTARY FINDS LOST GIRL IN MILWAUKEE
September 17, 2010
- Milwaukee's Pathfinder's Youth Shelter, Drop-In Center, Street Beat, and MPS McKinney Vento Program are featured in Wisconsin produced documentary on homeless teens -
Milwaukee, WI (August 30, 2010) - Green Bay Producer Eileen Littig traveled the path of lost teens from Green Bay to Milwaukee, and Manistique to Escanaba, Michigan. In HIDDEN HOMELESS, she tells the stories of four young people in urban and rural areas with dreams for their futures, including Amber at Walker's Point Youth & Family Center in Milwaukee's South Side. "They were the lucky ones who found people and agencies to help them move on with their lives," Littig said. School social workers and agencies are providing surrogate parenting to youth driven by self-survival from homes wracked by abuse, drugs, alcohol, financial crisis, and where broken families, incarcerated parents, and teen pregnancy are common.
In Milwaukee, two female social workers from Street Beat prowl the worst sections of town to locate homeless teens, many of whom hide at night out of fear for their safety. 400 teens are homeless each night in Milwaukee; 800 are homeless in Green Bay, according to Littig. The Street Beat duo takes or directs homeless youth to Pathfinder's Youth Shelter, one of a limited number of facilities for teens. Milwaukee Public Schools' McKinney Vento Program tries to keep teens in school giving them bus passes, books, and helping them find apartments, and jobs. However, young people have their pride, and many will not accept help and services which tag them as homeless, leading to ridicule by other students. Problems may be even worse in rural areas, where some farmers cannot feed their own children.
MPTV will air the 30 minute documentary on Sun., October 17 at 11:00 a.m. and Tue., October 26 at 10:30 p.m. on Channel 10.1 HD and 36.2 SD. A guide that accompanies the program will be available closer to air date at http://www.newist.org/onlineguides.html.
Award-winning producer Littig has also produced five television series and several other documentaries on social issues ranging from aging to sexual orientation, creative dramatics in school to women and teens in prison, and poverty. Littig is also in her 23rd year of producing TEEN CONNECTION, a 60-minute live call-in program that is broadcast statewide on MPTV, Wisconsin Public Television, and parts of Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota. The October 5 TEEN CONNECTION broadcast on MPTV 10.1 HD at 7:00 p.m., is on Indian mascots; Mukwonago School District is defending its Indian logo.
Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today MPTV offers viewers a family of high definition and standard definition digital channels to choose from, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Channel Line-up as of September 1, 2010
10.1 HD WMVS
10.4 Weather (new)
36.1 SD WMVT
36.2 SD Simulcast of 10.1 HD
36.4 Classical music
36.5 Jazz music
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